At Live Out Loud, we believe that bullying is one of the major issues of our time; with a huge negative impact and ongoing emotional and financial cost to our communities.
“I’m SORRY” is a chance to start a new conversation and the event is for anyone who has ever been:
This event forms a part of the “Early Intervention” work that we at Live Out Loud are doing on reducing the insidious issue of Bullying in our communities. It is the first of its kind in that it targets the bully as much as the victim.
The reason for this shift in emphasis is that “experts” are now telling us that the way we as a community have gone about dealing with bullying is mostly NOT WORKING. The statistics are saying that the number of bullies is actually increasing, not reducing.
This has prompted us to start a NEW CONVERSATION whereby we will be challenging the bully and engaging them in positively leading the change. We have already trialled this approach with stunning success.
Our aim is to support the bully in changing their behaviour; help them better understand why they bully, mentor them to become more confident, accepting and RESPECTFUL people and in doing so reduce the number of bullying incidences occurring in our communities.
A student of mine "spoke in the passion game she has been bullied in school, quite severely at her last school, however she also bullies many students herself. On the way home yesterday she was able to connect how she feels when being bullied to what she does to others, it was a magic moment! The first thing she did when we arrived back (at school) was give out two balloons, one to a student she has picked on in her class and the other to her teacher who she shows little respect to.
Today she is spreading the word through our school radio station and making posters to let everyone know they can make a difference if we all decide to take a stand."
Kath (Assistant Principal)
"When I was at school I was a BULLY! Now I'm a father of 2 young boys and there isn't a day that goes by when I don't regret my actions. I keep thinking; what will I be remembered for? Since becoming a father I have reached out to some of the people I disrespected with mixed results. Unfortunately, I can't take all of the nasty things I did back BUT I can stand up and say sorry."
"Throughout school I didn't have the best days. I was severely bullied from prep to year 12. I was called names because I wasn't skinny and judged because I wasn't smart. I was bullied on the way to school, on the way home from school, at school and on social media. There was no escape from it!
Hannah (Bullying Advocate)